The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is a 24,000-square-foot open admission companion animal shelter. As part of our service to the citizens of Montgomery County, our agency takes in thousands of dogs each year. In addition to direct adoptions, the Animal Resource Center, part of the Dayton Alliance for Companion Animals, works with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the SICSA Pet Adoption Center along with many placement partners to find homes for as many animals as possible. If you have a rescue organization and aren’t yet working with the Animal Resource Center, our Rescue Partner packet is available to download in PDF form.
6790 Webster St.
Dayton, Ohio 45414
|Sunday||11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lost and found searches only)|
|Monday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
To better serve the citizens of Montgomery County, the Animal Resource Center is open on Sundays and holidays (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day) for lost and found searches only. During these special times, we can accept cash (with exact change), checks, MasterCard or Visa, and proper ID is required.
It’s sometimes hard to believe how much things can change in a short period of time. I’ve been at the Animal Resource Center for over seven months now, and I’m thrilled with the amount of support we’ve seen. Like so many others, we’ve been through a major water line break in February and the May tornadoes since I joined the ARC team. Through everything, I’ve been impressed with the dedication of our staff and with the support of the community.
We’re continuing to push ahead and make progress. Our staff has now completed 110 of the 174 recommendations from our evaluation by the public shelter consultants Team Shelter, who visited the ARC last November. We also had another month above the 90-percent live release rate, at 92.1 percent.
There were 150 pets who found new homes last month through adoption, and we’re excited each time one of the dogs wags their tail as they walk out the door with a new family. On June 22nd, we held a free adoption event, with fees covered through a generous donation from the estate of Miss Pauline Wilson. In that one day, 21 dogs found new homes.
Our staff also worked hard this month on identifying stray dogs who had come in from the areas affected by the tornadoes. To allow more time for owners to claim, we increased the hold period from the legally mandated three days to 10 days for unlicensed dogs from those areas. We’ll continue that extended hold period through July 15.
We’ve had a lot happen, and we’ve come a long way. I have no doubt that we’ll continue to move forward and work through the challenges, just like we have these last seven months. Thank you to everyone in the community who has supported and continues to support the Animal Resource Center.
Animal Resource Center
|June 2019 statistics||July 12, 2019 progress report|
I usually start these updates with a sentence about how pleased I am with our live release rate for the month. Although I am happy that nearly 88 percent of animals found their homes last month, there is even more to be thankful for.
Buildings within a short distance from the Animal Resource Center were devastated by the Memorial Day tornadoes that ripped through our area. We are incredibly lucky that all the animals housed in our facility were safe after those storms. We went without water during the boil advisory, but we’re so inspired by our community’s response. Immediately, and before we even asked for help, people were showing up with water and other donations for our pets.
Because we were out of water, we were unable to wash and sanitize towels and blankets, and most of those we had in our facility had to be thrown away. We put out a request to our community for donations of towels and blankets and had an overwhelming response. I am consistently reminded of just how much our communities care for the animals in our shelter. Throughout our changes at the Animal Resource Center, and especially in times of crisis like the tornadoes and the water line break in February, we’ve seen the community step up to help.
After the storms, we had so many people donating food, cat litter, water, and toys that we opened our doors to the community to take what they needed. Anyone affected by the tornadoes who had pets were welcome to take whatever they needed from our donation area.
The challenge we face in the coming weeks will be space at the Animal Resource Center. We’re working with rescues to help us place our animals into homes, but we’re also in need of adopters to give some of these animals a loving home, especially knowing we’ll be seeing an increase in lost dogs for some time after these storms.
Thank you so much to everyone who has offered to help. Like so many others in the area, we know we’ll look back on these storms as something that has made our organization, our staff, and our supporters stronger.
Animal Resource Center
|May 2019 statistics||June 14, 2019 progress report|
I’m again pleased with a successful live release rate in April. We reached over 90 percent for the third month this year. There is always more work to do, and we’re continuing to move forward.
On April 13, we had another successful adoption event, with several businesses in the community stepping up to cover license fees so that the Animal Resource Center could offer free adoptions. We even had some adopters share their stories from the Spring Fling adoption event with us on our Facebook page. We really love being able to share those success stories.
Our management team has finalized our new contracts for fostering and foster-to-adopt. We’re excited to be able to get those programs off the ground and get more of our animals out of the shelter, either in a permanent or temporary home.
As some of you may have seen, we will no longer house or admit cats at our shelter. I know that some of you have expressed concern about this change, so I want to offer clarification on why we made this decision. First, our shelter was not set up to handle a large number of cats, so our accommodations are less than ideal. Most importantly, cats often experienced negative outcomes at the shelter, such as contracting diseases and developing behavioral issues due to the stress of the environment.
Finding alternatives for cats outside the shelter is part of our effort to direct all animals in our community to the right place with the right resources, which will ensure they have better outcomes. We will continue to serve the community by providing education and helping owners rehome their pet. We’ll also direct people to our partner agencies – SICSA Pet Adoption Center and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
I hope this helps underscore why we made this decision. We will continue to keep the community and our animal welfare advocates updated whenever we make policy changes.
Thank you for all each and every one of you do to serve our community’s pets!
Animal Resource Center
|April 2019 statistics||May 7, 2019 progress report|
I’m continually pleased with our community’s response to the needs of homeless animals. During March, 134 animals found their forever homes from the Animal Resource Center. During the same period in 2018, 100 animals were adopted from the ARC. March, 2019 also saw 99 pets reunited with their families, and our rescue partners stepped up by helping 45 animals last month.
On March 27, we held a meeting with our rescue partners, during which we revealed our updated rescue application and packet. I heard concerns from our rescue partners, and in this updated application, we’ve removed the requirements for humane discourse, commonly referred to as the non-disclosure agreement.
Rebuilding relationships is a top priority for the Animal Resource Center. It is my hope that we not only rebuild and strengthen existing relationships, but also focus on building new relationships. There are many people in this community who care deeply for our homeless animals, and it’s only through a strong network that we’ll be able to expand upon our early success in finding new homes for Montgomery County’s animals in need. I encourage anyone who wishes to help to contact us.
We’re also continuing to work through the recommendations from the Team Shelter USA assessment from last year. I’m pleased that our team has reached 40 percent completion of those tasks, but there is still much work to be done. We continue to push ahead and do everything possible to make the Animal Resource Center a leader in the task of uniting pets with loving families.
Animal Resource Center
|March 2019 statistics||April 5, 2019 progress report|
In looking through the most recent update for the Animal Resource Center, I’m delighted at our staff’s hard work to help our community’s animals. For both January and February, we’ve eclipsed 90 percent in our live release rate, which means more of the animals coming through the ARC are finding new homes, being reunited with their owners, or are heading to rescue organizations.
I’m consistently impressed with the support I’ve seen from the community. Early in February, we were nearing capacity at the ARC. We put out a call to the community through local media and followed with a Valentine-themed adoption event on Feb. 16. The response was incredible. We had 20 animals adopted the Friday before the event, and it wasn’t long into Saturday when all our adoptable pets had found their forever homes.
We also reached out to our rescue partners last month through an online survey. I’ve compiled those survey results, and I’ll be reaching out to those organizations soon to set up a meeting to discuss working together toward our common goal of finding homes for these animals.
Animal Resource Center
|February 2019 statistics||March 8, 2019 progress report|
I am thrilled to share with the community our most recent progress report. This past January, we achieved a live release rate of 90.3% and we found new homes for 99 pets. Those are the statistics I’m really happy about. As our live release rate has increased, we need help from citizens and our rescue organizations more than ever. Your partnership will ensure that we find loving homes for all the animals in our care.
We have started the process of reaching out to local rescue organizations to get feedback on our operations and services. I look forward to meeting with our rescue organizations to improve the trust and collaboration between our agencies, and to incorporate your feedback into our planning and process improvements.
We’ve also focused on promoting adoptions through Facebook and community events, and we will be hosting a special free adoption event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. here at the shelter. A generous sponsor has donated to cover license fees so all adoptions will be 100% free at this event. I’m looking forward to finding homes for all of our adoptable pets!
Animal Resource Center
|January 2019 statistics||February 8, 2019 progress report|
While I have only been the director at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center for about a month, I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and the earnest suggestions to improve the health and well-being of the animals in our care and those who care for them.
We have made enormous progress in a short period of time, but we still have plenty of work to do. I am truly looking forward to 2019 and seeing the full transformation, which has already begun, here at the shelter.
Please take a look at our detailed progress report, as well as our December 2018 statistics. Our live release rate was up to 89.9%! We also made progress on many of the recommendations put forward by Team Shelter USA. I hope you are encouraged by the progress being made when you review this report. I am committed to communicating proactively with the community on the changes being made in our operations and outreach.
Animal Resource Center
|December 2018 statistics||January 11, 2019 progress report|
In October, Montgomery County announced a comprehensive strategy to evaluate all levels of operations at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. The goal of this strategy was to improve shelter operations, increase our live release rate, and ensure that our services met the needs and expectations of our community.
As part of this strategy, Montgomery County hired Team Shelter USA to conduct an objective, independent best practice review of the shelter because we heard the concerns of our citizens and animal welfare advocates. We are committed to being transparent with the community about this process and sharing this report is a step in the right direction. The final report is now available here: Team Shelter USA Final Report: Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.
The Commissioners and I were troubled and dismayed by the overall findings of this report. We care deeply about the well-being of people and pets in our community. We have made improving the Animal Resource Center and increasing our live release rate a top priority for our administration.
During this review, it became clear that the Animal Resource Center needed new leadership and direction. The County Commissioners took immediate action and appointed Bob Gruhl as Interim Director of the Animal Resource Center to improve overall shelter operations and ensure that the best practices recommended in this report are fully implemented. We trust Bob Gruhl’s ability to spearhead this effort.
We have already made progress on the 30 emergency action items listed in this report, which were provided by Team Shelter USA during their final review meeting, as well as updated our jurisdiction cat contracts and our euthanasia policy. Please click here to view a comprehensive progress report. Highlights from the progress report include:
We are committed to sharing frequent updates with the community as we continue to implement all of these recommendations.
Michael B. Colbert
Montgomery County Administrator
Team Shelter USA is assessing Montgomery County’s Animal Resource Center from November 26-30. After the assessment, Team Shelter will provide a written report to the ARC with suggestions to both reduce intake at the shelter and increase the live release rate of animals who are taken into the center. Dr. Sara Pizano created Team Shelter USA, and her team includes Dr. Becca Boronat of the Charleston SC Animal Society, Cameron Moore from the University of Florida, and Dr. Kim Sanders of Anderson County (SC) PAWS.
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Pizano held a community presentation on Team Shelter’s processes and the methods they’ve used to increase the live release rate in other communities, including Waco, Texas; Campbell County, Kentucky; Murray County, Georgia; and Anderson County, South Carolina.
Strategies to increase live release rates include: coalition building, targeted spay/neuter programs, community-minded enforcement, and managed admissions to the shelter, which including finding ways to help pet owners keep pets in their homes or helping an owner place a pet directly into another home.
Pizano’s PowerPoint presentation is available for download in PDF format.